'We don't dare make predictions': Lava rivers continue to flow from La Palma volcano

Lava and ash pouring from the volcano Credit: AP

More than two months after the volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma began erupting a new river of lava is threatening homes that have so far escaped disaster.

New lava began pouring out of the volcano over the weekend and is threatening to wreck more of the island's infrastructure.

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Lava flows towards a built up area Credit: AP

Houses and the main church in the town of Los Llanos de Aridane church are now at risk as the river of lava has reached less than a mile away.

The river has slowed in recent days but authorities say they are not taking any chances.

“The lava is flowing mostly on top of previous flows that have hardened,” Noelia García, the mayor of Los Llanos de Aridane, told Canary Islands Television.

“But we won’t dare make a prediction (about its course).”

Lava pouring towards a built up area Credit: AP
Rescue workers take pictures of the lava flow Credit: AP

Molten rock from the September 19 eruption on La Palma, which is part of Spain, has consumed over 1,500 buildings and covered over 2,800 acres including banana farms, the island's main source of revenue along with tourism.

The volcano is going strong and seismic activity in the area has increased in recent days. Spain’s National Geographic Institute registered 341 earthquakes over the past 24 hours.

A fissure next to a house covered with ash. Credit: AP
A football field covered with ash from the volcano Credit: AP

A nearby cemetery has been completely covered, burying for a second time the remains of 3,000 people.

A fissure that volcanologists believe spouted a gusher of lava has also left a gaping hole in front of a house whose bottom floor was completely covered by a mountain of ash.

Thousands of residents have been displaced by the eruption but so far no one has died.